Established in 2014 through a partnership between The Clarice and Joe’s Movement Emporium, NextLOOK supports the development of new music, plays, dance and other experiences by performing artists based in DC, Maryland and Virginia who want to understand how their audiences can become a creative partner. 

Artists selected to be part of NextLOOK receive

  • A stipend based on a weekly fee, ranging between $2500 and $5000, total, depending on the number of artists; 
  • Five (5) days in the theatre of Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mount Rainier, MD for project design, rehearsal, audience engagement and performance; NextLOOK artists must present at least one public showing of their work. 
  • Support from staff of The Clarice and Joe’s Movement Emporium to construct innovative methods of deepening the audience’s involvement in their creative process. 

Additionally, NextLOOK artists must commit to become part of a Residency Planning Cohort, made up of other artists selected to be in the current NextLOOK season, along with staff members of Joe’s and The Clarice. 

By removing logistical barriers and providing a sounding board for artists creating new work, NextLOOK invests in the regional DC/MD/VA arts ecology and creates an accessible, exploratory environment that connects intriguing artists with adventurous audiences. All performances are held at Joe’s Movement Emporium and are pay what you wish.

Apply for NextLOOK 2.0

Deadline for proposals: Friday, March 19, 2021

Announcement of NextLOOK 2021-22 artists is anticipated in late April 2021.


For questions about completing your proposal or about the NextLOOK series, please contact Jane Hirshberg at or Brooke Kidd at


The following artists have participated in the NextLOOK series

Dominic Green
Lineage Percussion
Rachel Grossman & Tosin Olufolabi
Alina Collins Maldonado
Sinclair Ogaga Emoghene, Pablo Regis & Kate Spanos

Chitra Subramanian 
Simone Baron

Victor Provost (Crofton, MD)
Ronya-Lee Anderson (Adelphi, MD)
Be Steadwell (Washington, DC)
Monique Walker (Waldorf, MD)
Tarik O’Meally (Georgetown, MD)

Dior Ashley Brown (Baltimore, MD)
Alexandra Kelly Colburn (Suitland, MD)
Orange Grove Dance (Takoma Park, MD)
alight Dance Theatre (Takoma Park, MD) 

Flying V (Bethesda, MD)
Scott Patterson & Afro House (Baltimore, MD)
Happenstance Theater (Rockville, MD)
Orange Grove Dance (Takoma Park, MD)
Meghan Abadoo (Mount Rainier, MD) 

Taurus Broadhurst Dance (Washington, DC)
BodyWise Dance & Margot Greenlee (Washington, DC)
Clown Cabaret (Maryland)
Yoko K. (Washington, DC)
UpSpring Studio (Mount Rainier, MD) 

Pointless Theatre (Washington, DC)
Vincent E. Thomas/VTDance (Washington, DC)
BOOMscat (Washington, DC)